Russian missile wave hits Ukraine after Zelensky sets peace terms at G20 summit


Kyiv, Ukraine
CNN

Russia launched its biggest wave of missile attacks against Ukrainian cities in more than a month, hours after Ukrainian President Volodymr Zelensky proposed a peace plan to world leaders at the G20 summit in Indonesia .

Air raid sirens sounded across Ukraine shortly after its leader presented a 10-point plan that included withdrawing Russian troops and restoring Ukraine’s territorial integrity.

The strikes targeted electricity infrastructure in several regions of the country, leaving more than seven million Ukrainians without electricity and electricity supplies in critical condition, according to senior Ukrainian officials.

Deputy head of Ukraine’s presidential office Kyrylo Tymoshenko said 15 facilities in Ukraine’s energy infrastructure were damaged in Russian missile strikes, but Ukrainian air defenses shot down 70 of the more than 90 missiles fired at it. Ukraine.

At least a dozen cities and neighborhoods were targeted, according to a CNN analysis of the missile strikes. The wave of strikes appears to be the largest since October 10, when Russia stepped up its campaign to destroy electricity, water and gas infrastructure across Ukraine.

Two missiles or rockets reportedly hit a farm in Poland near the border with Ukraine, killing two people, according to Polish media. It’s unclear where the projectiles came from, but they landed around the same time as a Russian missile attack on western Ukraine.

Polish media showed an image of a deep impact and an overturned agricultural vehicle at the site, near the town of Przewodow.

A government spokesman said Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki had convened the Cabinet Committee for National Security and Defense Affairs.

In a video message posted on Telegram on Tuesday evening local time, Zelensky said 85 missile strikes had been launched so far and warned there could be more to come.

“We can see what the enemy wants, they won’t succeed,” he said. “We can still have 20 more strikes, please take care, stay under cover for a while.”

In the capital, Kyiv, the city’s military administration said one person had been killed. Two explosions were heard, he added, ordering residents to stay in shelters. He said four missiles had been shot down.

Kyiv Mayor Vitaliy Klitschko then said there had been a third strike. “Another blow in the Pechersk district of the city of Kyiv. A high-rise building,” Klitschko said.

The electricity supply was interrupted in several Ukrainian regions following the missile attacks.

State electricity supplier Ukrenergo said the Russians were “again trying to turn off the lights in the country”.

“The attack is still ongoing, we cannot yet estimate the extent of the damage, there are strikes on our infrastructure in all regions of the country, but the most difficult situation is in the northern regions and center,” he added.

In his video message, Zelensky said authorities were working to restore power. “We will resist,” he said.

Additionally, the country is “currently experiencing a major internet disruption”, according to Netblocks, which tracks cybersecurity and connectivity globally, with connectivity at 67% of previous levels.

Neighboring Moldova also suffered power cuts following Russian strikes against Ukraine, Moldovan Deputy Prime Minister and Infrastructure Minister Andrei Spinu said on Tuesday.

Spinu said in a message on his Telegram account that “following Russia’s bombardment of the Ukrainian electricity system”, one of the power lines carrying electricity to Moldova was disconnected. Authorities are working to restore connection to the line, which was not damaged but was disconnected as a safety measure, he added.

Earlier on Tuesday, Zelensky presented a proposal to end the Russian invasion, according to a transcript shared by the Ukrainian embassy in Indonesia on Tuesday.

The president’s peace plan has 10 steps, including a path to nuclear safety, food security, a special tribunal for Russian war crimes and a final peace treaty with Russia, according to the transcript of the speech.

He urged G20 leaders to use all their power to “get Russia to abandon nuclear threats” and put in place price caps on energy imported from Moscow.

Zelensky also called on Russia to stop bombing Ukraine’s energy infrastructure as winter approaches.

“Let Russia prove by its rejection of terrorism that it is truly interested in restoring peace,” he said.

Moscow was isolated at this year’s G20 summit because several Western leaders have vowed to have no contact with its Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, who is attending on behalf of the Kremlin.

World leaders condemned Tuesday’s strikes. At the summit, British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly said in a tweet that the attacks targeting Ukrainian cities “only show the weakness of Putin”, who is “losing on the battlefield and – as we we saw today at the G20 – diplomatically as well”.

German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock said “right now we hear again about brutal Russian missile attacks against Kyiv, Kharkiv and Lviv and other places, and especially against civilian infrastructure”, during for remarks Tuesday with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). conductor Rafael Grossi in Berlin.

She added that the attack “is also an unprecedented attack on nuclear safety and security.”

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